Once upon a time, there was a girl who started writing stories.
She spent several years scribbling away at them, going back and forth between a few different ideas and consequently not making much progress on them.
Then something strange began to happen. She began to have even more and more ideas for even more stories! What could this mean?
But, cheerily, she continued writing, and making notes for all the new ideas. She became obsessed with making lists of the stories, and developing titles for them, and designing mock covers for them, and writing out summaries of what they were about. She began to be more excited about “playing” with the stories than actually writing them.
Time went on. The list of stories continued to grow and grow and grow! But far from complaining, the writer was delighted.
She did so enjoy making those lists and writing those notes, you see.
Somewhere along the way, she began to notice patterns. Whenever she would take a break from working on her writings, whether on purpose to recharge, or accidentally due to busyness, she would suddenly get hit with all this inspiration — and, more often than not, that inspiration might include ideas for new stories.
Then the year of 2015 hit. The ideas were flying in left and
write right. It began to get insane. The writer began to despair of ever getting around to writing all of the things, especially at the snail-like pace the actual writing was happening.
So the writer stepped back and analyzed this phenomenon.
That was when the writer discovered the presence of her fairy godmother.
Most writers talk of their “Muse”.
This writer realized that instead of a muse, she had a benevolent but misguided fairy godmother of inspiration. (Perhaps rather like Ophelia from Broken Glass by Emma Clifton…)
The writer realized that the fairy godmother muse freaks out whenever the writer is not making Story, knowing that the writer is happier when making Story. So the fairy godmother, thinking the writer is just tired of the old stories, quickly throws a bunch of new ideas at the writer to get her attention.
If you haven’t figured out by now, this writer is me. And this benevolent but misguided fairy godmother of my writerly brain/inspiration/muse is the cause of both my excitedness about having so many story ideas to write, and my despair over ever finishing anything, let alone all of them.
My fairy godmother muse, especially this year, is constantly going:
“STORY. STORY! YOU’RE NOT MAKING STORY. YOU’LL BE HAPPIER WITH SOME STORY. MAKE STORY!”
And hands me more and more storyness, shoving it into my brain and then beaming and watching happily as I flail around like a headless octopus and try to work on ALL OF THE STORY THINGS.
Unfortunately, my fairy godmother muse doesn’t seem to care if I’m actually making PROGRESS on said stories, i.e., actually writing them down…
As long as I’m flailing around doing plotting or brainstorming or making lists, she feels confident that she has been doing her job well and fulfilling her role in keeping her writer happy playing with stories.
To give you an idea of the insanity that’s underway, I’m going to share a list of the story ideas that have “clicked” this year ALONE.
The main ones are:
- The Other Half of Everything (I think I’ve mentioned this enough…)
- Darkling Reflections (Finished this one! Huzzah! …Yes, it’s a short story; I can still be proud.)
- The Siren and the Skyship (swashbuckling sky adventuresome gender-swapped steampunk Little Mermaid retelling)
Five more stories in the Kedran’s Wood series (bringing it to a total of 8… so far; last year it was supposed to be a “trilogy”. Haha. Isn’t that just ADORABLE?)
- Son of Kedran’s Wood – prequel novella
- Return to McAllistair Mansion – short story (I wrote this one! I’s so proud of me.)
- Mixup at Kedran’s Wood – novella between books 2 & 3
- The Novelist of Kedran’s Wood – novel set after book 3, a double story
- Celebrations at Kedran’s Wood – short story set after all of the planned books (thus far… *cough*)
As well as:
- A modern Cinderella retelling about a writer, set during NaNoWriMo
- An untitled fairy-tale mashup conglomeration retelling (RETELL ALL OF THE THINGS)
- An untitled thing I’m currently calling “The Epic Book” which is vague but has some awesome ideas swirling
- An extremely vague notion of an idea for a con/heist story that would be a companion to Underground Rainbow, starring the eccentric purple-haired artist (no, unfortunately this has no plot yet and I probably will never be able to make it work)
- An idea for a nonfiction book about various things
And I also “made official” i.e. added to my lists because I had had ideas about them but was pretending they didn’t exist:
- The tenth Starrellian Saga book
- A sequel/companion novel to Heartseeker about the Bard and Trillum
- An untitled Arthurian retelling which is going to be super cool
Not to mention my Sleeping Beauty novella The Rose and the Raven, which had been a vague idea for years but only just this year finally came together as something I could write… (But, again, having trouble CONTINUING… ya know?)
Yes. That is 16 (or 17 if you count The Rose and the Raven) stories, either from ideas from this year or “officialized” by listing them as stories to write. THAT’S JUST THIS YEAR ALONE. That’s not even thinking about the 30+ other stories from BEFORE the notorious 2015-when-all-the-stories-exploded-in-plotbunnies-and-said-write-us-or-we’ll-kill you. Sometimes I scroll through my list of 50ish stories and just go… “HOW EVEN.”
Sixteen new stories this year, guys. (So far…)
Can you see how insane this is getting?
Apparently there’s just no dealing with a benevolent but misguided fairy godmother of inspiration.
(And no, I don’t actually know whether you should be very happy for me or PLAYING A DIRGE.
It’s very confusing and I honestly can’t tell anymore.
Blame it on my fairy godmother.)